17 Oct 2014

SLN's Alla dies in car crash

2:51 pm on 17 October 2014

The head of the board of New Caledonia's SLN nickel company, Pierre Alla, has died in a car accident in France.

Public radio in Noumea says Mr Alla was a passenger in a car driven by his brother-in-law who fell ill and crashed.

Mr Alla's sister also died.

Before joining SLN, Mr Alla was the head of the Goro Nickel company which has since become the multi-billion dollar Vale plant.